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Glass is Elastic

Jon Glover

Glass Is Elastic by Jon Glover
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Categories: 21st Century, British
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Glass is Elastic is a book of surfaces and reflections, mirrors and windows. What do we see – what do we know – in a world experienced through lenses and screens? 'Don’t blink. Nobody’s / looking, nobody’s seeing.' Jon Glover explores the treachery and creativity inherent in the eye’s lens, in the eyeball itself, in a microscope or camera, in a telescope, in the mysterious properties of glass, malleable as time itself. We translate the shape of the world into maps, pixels, mathematical data; into stories that change in the telling.

    A central poem sequence links medicine, war and vision in the glass slides assembled in a pathology lab for research into narcolepsy after the First World War, nerves and brains laid bare as evidence, as names on a war memorial.

    In language that combines scientific rigour with the supple everyday, Glover surprises the reader into looking, into seeing the connections in a beautiful, frightening world.


    Cover photograph Paul Maddern, Keel 14. Copyright © Paul Maddern, reproduced by permission

    Jon Glover was born in Sheffield in 1943 and grew up in south London. He studied English and Philosophy at the University of Leeds, where he met Jon Silkin and began a long association with Stand magazine, of which he is now Managing Editor. Jon Glover is an Honorary Fellow of ... read more
    Praise for Jon Glover  'Magnetic Resonance Imaging by Jon Glover is my book of the year'
    Ian McMillan, The Verb, BBC Radio 3 (December 2008)
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